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Self harming rises 11%

10th November 2010

New data for England has shown that the number of hospital admissions for people who self harm has risen sharply in three years.

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Figures for 2009/10 show that 104,340 people were admitted to hospital for self-harming, a 3% rise on the previous year and an 11% increase on 2006/07.

The data, from the NHS Information Centre, also shows a pattern emerging with people more likely to hurt themselves in the summer than in December.

In May 2010, there were 10,340 hospital admissions for self harm but in the preceding December, the figure was 7,490, repeating a similar pattern of the previous year.

The highest category of self-harming was in poisoning and of those cases, 58,280 were among women and 37,750 in men.

The second most common reason for admission was intentional self harm by a sharp or blunt object.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: "This report highlights self poisoning as the most likely reason for a person to be admitted for intentional self harm; with the use of painkillers or prescription drugs a common factor.

"It also shows that the North East and North West of England have higher than average rates of admissions, along with pockets of the country that includes several areas of the south coast.

"As we head towards December it is interesting to note that provisional information points to this particular month as previously having the lowest number of intentional self harm admissions, while May appears to be near the opposite end of the scale."

 

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